Get a coronavirus test

Covid cases remain high in H&F. Help stop the spread of the virus by getting a test.

There are two types of tests:

Covid-19 PCR testing

A PCR test is the type of Covid-19 test that gets sent to a lab. Tests must be booked through the GOV.UK website, the NHS app, or by dialling 119.

If you have symptoms you must get a PCR test. Covid-19 symptoms are:

  • new continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • loss or change of taste or smell
  • diarrhoea
  • aching muscles
  • blocked or runny nose
  • long-lasting headache
  • vomiting
  • sore throat
  • feeling tired or unwell

If you have any of these you must start self-isolating immediately, and book a free PCR test. More about symptoms on the NHS website

You must get a PCR test if you:

  • have symptoms of Covid-19
  • you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive and you must self-isolate
  • have been asked to have this type of test by a GP, the NHS, public health, or an official testing programme
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project
  • you’ve received an unclear result and were told to get a second test
  • you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
  • you’re in the National Tactical Response Group

We have mobile testing sites in Hammersmith & Fulham, if you are symptomatic and need to take a pcr test you can book into your nearest available site or order a home PCR test kit - GOV.UK.

Book a PCR test

Attending a PCR testing centre:

  • book an appointment
  • wear a face mask
  • keep 2 metres distance from staff and other people at all times while you are at the testing centre
  • attend the centres in your car or on foot at your appointed time
  • if you have symptoms, you must self-isolate until you attend your test.

Rapid lateral flow testing (LFT)

  • Rapid tests are for people who have no symptoms. 
  • Do not visit a LFT test site or pharmacy if you have any symptoms
  • Please wear a mask or face covering when you arrive.
  • One in three infected people show no symptoms but can still pass it on. So, we encourage everyone to do lateral flow rapid tests twice a week, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • You are welcome to come for repeat tests provided these are 3 to 5 days apart and you have NOT had a positive result recently. 
  • Rapid tests can give a result in 15 to 30 minutes.

You can take a test or pick up a free test kit at the site below.

Please call our CAN helpline on 0800 145 6095 if you need any advice about getting a test.

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) walk-in testing site

H&F Council
145 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JT
Weekdays - 8am to 4pm 
H&F Council at 145 King Street on Google Maps
Parking zone A

Find another rapid lateral flow testing site - NHS

VIDEO: How do the rapid LFT Covid-19 tests work?

  • Consent forms and what happens when you come for your LFT test

    Consent forms for under 18s

    16-18 year olds will need to read and sign a consent form before taking a test. Parents and guardians will need to give consent for children aged 12-15 to have a test.

    Please print out and bring the completed consent forms with you to your appointment. If you can’t print out and complete the consent form(s) in advance, we will have a small number available at the test centre which you can complete when you attend your appointment.

    Covid-19 test consent form for 16-18 year olds (pdf 147KB)

    Covid-19 test consent form for parents and guardians of children 12-15 years old (pdf 149KB)

    What happens when you come for a test?

    Arrival

    Please arrive 5 minutes before your allotted time and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

    When you arrive you may need to wait in line. Please maintain social distancing and keep 2 metres apart from the people in front and behind you.

    Before you enter we will ask you to use hand sanitiser to clean your hands.

    Check-in

    Next, you will need to check-in, show any completed consent form and register with the NHS for a test using your smartphone. If you do not have a smartphone, a device will be sanitised for you to use.

    This is so you can be allocated a unique barcode that will anonymously link you to your test swab, and let you receive the result of your test and further guidance if it is positive.

    Please bring your NHS number with you (if you have it) to help speed up the check in process.

    What is an NHS number? - NHS

    Taking the test

    Next, you will be given a test kit and shown to a booth. One of our staff will then guide you through the process of taking your own swab. This involves stroking a sterile swab against your tonsils and also partway up your nostril. 

    When you have finished, you will need to place this swab into a test tube that a member of staff gives to you.

    Our testing staff will hand you the test but are unable to administer it for you. Therefore if you think you will need assistance doing this, please attend the test centre with another person who can do this for you. Watch this video for instructions on how to do the self-swab test.

    Leaving

    When you have finished you must leave the test centre whilst your sample is processed. There is no waiting area available - if you have come with other people from your household, you will need to meet up with them away from the test centre.

    Within the next 45 to 60 minutes, you will receive a text message or email with your results and any guidance about further action that may be required.

    What to do if you don't receive your test results 

    If you don’t receive your test result within 24 hours, please call the H&F CAN team on 0800 145 6095. Have the barcode you were given at the test centre handy so they can look up your result. CAN is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

LFT testing at home

Collect a home test kit from your local pharmacy

Your test result

Report your result (positive, negative or void) every time you do a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test at home or at work. 

What to do if you test positive for coronavirus

From January 11 2022, people who have a positive lateral flow test result do not need to have a follow up PCR test. Instead you must stay at home and self-isolate immediately. 

  • Summary of the changes on 11 January and reasons why you might still need to get a confirmatory PCR test 

    From 11 January in England people who receive a positive lateral flow test will be required to self-isolate immediately but won’t need to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while Covid-19 rates remain high across the UK.

    Some people are advised to get a confirmatory PCR:

    • People who want to apply for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment (TTSP)
    • People participating in some research or surveillance programmes
    • People who have received a positive Day 2 LFD after arriving into the UK (to help us understand if and where potentially dangerous variants are emerging around the world).
    • People who have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, who havn't already taken an LFT test.
       

    Why do I need to report my LFD results?

    It is important that you continue to report your LFD results through the usual channels. If they are negative, this enables us to understand the prevalence of Covid-19 in the country. If they are positive, we can provide the correct advice to you and those you’ve been in close contact with, to prevent onward spread of coronavirus. This is vital to protect the most vulnerable and get us back to a more normal way of life.

    What if the NHS has sent me PCR kits to use?

    Around one million people in England who are at particular risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 have been identified by the NHS as being potentially eligible for new treatments. People who are eligible for treatments should only take a PCR test if they have symptoms, not just if they have a positive LFD. This is because people are only eligible for treatments if they are symptomatic and have a positive PCR test.

    Eligible people will receive a PCR test kit at home by mid-January to use if they develop symptoms. 

    I have taken a confirmatory PCR and it is negative, does that mean I can stop self-isolating even though my LFD was positive?

    Yes

    What if my doctor or someone else tells me I need to take a PCR even though I’ve recently had a positive LFD result?

    You should follow the advice of your doctor. If someone develops symptoms and their medical condition is deteriorating, they should (as now) seek medical attention. It is possible that they may then be asked to take a PCR test to support access to appropriate treatments.

    I have returned from abroad; do I still need to do a PCR test if I receive a positive LFD result on my Day 2 test?

    Yes. Anyone who receives a positive lateral flow test on or before their second day in England must self-isolate immediately and order an NHS PCR test from GOV.UK to verify the result. A positive PCR test following travel will be sequenced to understand if and where potentially dangerous variants are emerging around the world and entering the UK.

Frequently asked questions

Lateral flow test frequently asked questions

Testing advice for businesses

You can no longer order free rapid lateral flow tests for your employees. Find out more about coronavirus tests for your employees - GOV.UK

Surge testing

Find out more about surge testing for new coronavirus variants

Parking

There is no off-street parking available at the testing centres. To find out about on-street parking at any of the centres please see our parking pay and display web page or click on the parking zone link show in the testing centre details above. 

Targeted testing of asymptomatic frontline workers

We are testing asymptomatic frontline workers working in nursing homes, care settings and in GP practices in the borough. Find out more about the H&F testing operation.

Self-isolation support scheme

Support payment scheme for people who are told to self isolate.

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